The Mets believe Marcus Stroman to be OK after an injury scare Tuesday night.
An MRI on his left hip showed "no significant issues" on Wednesday, according to the team. He is considered day-to-day, and his status for his next start is uncertain.
That is good news for the injury-plagued Mets, for whom losing Stroman for an extended period would have been a disaster. He is perhaps the club’s MVP, non-Jacob deGrom division, with a 2.32 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 15 starts.
Stroman recorded only three outs against Atlanta. He exited with left hip discomfort after throwing three pitches in the second inning.
"It’s a relief to know that he’s clean there. We caught it in time," manager Luis Rojas said. "I’m glad he stopped . . . because he wanted to pitch through it. He could’ve aggravated stuff in there or even something else."
After Rojas guessed that Stroman wouldn’t play catch Wednesday, Stroman did play catch. He also told Rojas and others that he is optimistic he can make his next start — though the Mets plan to slot in righthander Jerad Eickhoff on Sunday against the Phillies, so Stroman will get at least one extra day of rest.
"He’s a warrior, he’s got a big heart," Rojas said. "Thinks he can do everything, even when he’s limited."
Stroman has not spoken to reporters since his early exit but was active on Twitter on Wednesday.
"Everything’s gonna be okay," he wrote in a tweet, adding in another, "I float through life with angels protecting me and karma on my side."
In retweeting someone who said Stroman "can heal like Wolverine," citing Stroman’s quick return from a torn ACL in 2015, Stroman commented: "Big facts."
Highlighting a big batch of roster moves Wednesday were Michael Conforto (strained right hamstring) coming back from the injured list and Tomas Nido (right wrist contusion) ending up on the IL despite a clean MRI.
The other transactions:
•Righthanders Tylor Megill (started Wednesday) and Corey Oswalt (available in relief) were called up from Triple-A Syracuse.
•Righthanders Yennsy Diaz and Sean Reid-Foley were optioned to Syracuse.
•Lefthander Joey Lucchesi and righthander Robert Gsellman were transferred to the 60-day IL.
Pete Alonso, the reigning Home Run Derby champion, revealed that he will defend his title in this year’s contest, July 12 at Coors Field in Denver.
"I had so much fun during the first one, so I was just like, you know what? Let’s do it again," said Alonso, who won as a rookie in 2019. "I know it’s going to be a hell of a time."
The only other confirmed participant: Shohei Ohtani, the Angels’ two-way star.
Jonathan Villar (tight right calf) was out of the lineup for a second game in a row. Rojas said his MRI "came back clean." . . . The Mets plan to start Taijuan Walker and David Peterson in the doubleheader against Philadelphia on Friday. Jacob deGrom will go Saturday, followed by Eickhoff on Sunday.
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